In April 11, 2018, outside the Anhui Provincial Higher Peoples court, five defendants in Anhuis five week killing case held a verdict of innocence. Graphic / visual China Out of the court of Anhui high court, Zhou Zaichun, 46, suddenly knelt down and burst into tears. He raised the verdict of innocence on his head and announced that he had washed the charge. 22 years ago, in the night of August 25, 1996, five families of Zhou Jiding family in Licun, new town of Woyang county were killed and their female Zhou Suhua died on the spot. The house of the victims of the Zhou Jiding family. In the evening of August 25, 1996, his daughter sleeps in this room. Zhao Lei, a journalist from the new Beijing News After the incident, the local police locked up five young people in the village, Zhou Jikun, Zhou Jiahua, Zhou Zaichun, Zhou Zhengguo and Zhou Hua. After several setbacks, Zhou Jikun and Zhou Jiahua sentenced to death in the first instance of the Fuyang intermediate peoples court. Zhou Zaichun was sentenced to life imprisonment. Zhou Zhengguo and Zhou were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. After that, the case went through appeals, retrial and again appeals. In October 2000, the Anhui high court finally sentenced Zhou Jikun, Zhou Jiahua to death, Zhou Zaichun life imprisonment, Zhou Zhengguo and Zhou for 15 years of imprisonment. In January 4th this year, Zhou Jikun, the longest serving prisoner in the five week murder case, was released from prison. Before that, 4 other people had been released from prison. The average age of 5 people is 50 years old. Not adapting is the intuitive feeling when they face new life. In April 20th, 5 people gathered again to discuss the matter of accountability. We do not have the state compensation, a penny not, only to punish the cases of the case of the case of the case, this is our greatest wish, but also the goal to be completed. Zhou Jikun said. In April 20th, Zhou Jikun, Zhou Zaichun, Zhou Zhengguo, Zhou was turning, and Zhou Jiahua (from right to left) was holding a well done flag, ready to go to Hefei early second days to give them legal aid to them. Zhao Lei, a journalist from the new Beijing News Everything has changed In January 4th of this year, Zhou Jikun was out of prison. That day, the largest snowstorm in nearly ten years has been recorded in Woyang county. In the snow, Zhou Jikun changed into a black down jacket and sat on the bus home with his children. The car went to the mouth of the town of Licun in the new town of Guyang county. Suddenly someone said, give my father a grave first. Zhou Jikun burst into tears, and wow cried. In January 4, 2018, Zhou Jikun released his sentence and cried at his father Zhou Xingbiaos grave. Survey of interviewees Four months ago, Zhou Jikuns father, Zhou Xingbiao, was seriously ill. Every day he asked, can my son return today? The family deceived him and arrived home the next day. He looked forward in a coma and finally failed to survive a week. Zhou Jikun staggered to the snow covered grave. The pain in the knee joint could not support him on his knees. He straightened his legs straight, and the whole man fell down in the snow of about 10 centimeters thick, crying to nearly fainting. In order to celebrate the rebirth, Zhou Jikun spent more than 6000 yuan on the twenty-eight month of the twelfth lunar month. He put up four tables of wine and vegetables and invited all his relatives to the scene. 21 years later, the family had the first time of reunion. A month after returning home, relatives and friends visited him every day. A dozen square meters of cement on the floor of the house was filled with a box of milk and drinks. It was like a happy event. Prior to this, Zhou and Zhou Zhengguo were released from prison in January 2008 and February. Zhou Jiahua and Zhou Zaichun went out of prison in 2015 and early 2016. In April 19th, Zhou Jiahua returned to the abandoned old house. He was opening the lock. Zhao Lei, a journalist from the new Beijing News After Zhou Jikun was released from prison, the 5 men often got together and cried together several times. They also wondered what kind of life they would have had there had been no such injustice. Before the case, Zhou Jikun went to work in the town farm machinery station. It was an envied person to take wages. Zhou Jiahua was a village cadre. He and Zhou contracted a transformer, part-time electrician and maintenance circuit. Zhou Zhengguo stood at the forefront of the reform and opening up. He took the paper painting from Wuxi to the South and sold to the primary schools in every city and county of Guangdong. He earned 2000 yuan a month; Zhou Zaichun was the only one of the five people who had not married a daughter-in-law. On weekdays, he was busy finishing his own farm work. Zhou Zaichun was driving a tractor to other peoples farmlands and earned some money. On the morning of April 13th, Zhou Jikun and his family came to his father Zhou Xingbiaos grave and burned the copy of the final verdict of the provincial high court to his father, and Zhou Jiahua and other 4 people were accompanied by Zhou Jikun, and everyone burned a copy of the verdict. Not adaptable Before the incident, Zhou Jikun and other 5 people lived in the new town of Licun, the county of Woyang county. After they got out of prison, they chose to live outside. Even though there are few faces in the village, they seldom return to the village. The shadow of murderer kept the 5 people from rising, and they felt disgrace. In April 20th, a former village neighbor married, invitations sent to Zhou Jiahua, Zhou Jikuns hands, the two sent relatives and friends to pay gifts, did not attend luncheon. They admit that in the village, they will also be afraid of meeting other peoples eyes. Zhou Jikuns wife, Zhang Xia, takes into account the convenience of taking care of her granddaughters school and moving to live in the county of Woyang county. Zhou Jikun, in his home in Zhouzhuang, his fathers portrait is on the wooden table in the living room. Zhao Lei, a journalist from the new Beijing News Even if he went back to the village, he walked up to the village of cement road, he felt that his feet were treading on cotton, not real, a little nostalgic of muddy, potholed dirt road. He buys fragrant oil beef and bittern pigs hoof to entertain guests. Zhou is robbing his mobile phone. He took out a hundred dollar bill to the shop. He turned his head and Zhou to say, whats the matter with the mobile phone, how good the cash is, and the price. There is still a week in spring. In 2016, Zhou Zaichun, 47, was released from prison. He learned from his relatives and friends that his parents had died, and his house and land were left to several brothers. He was left alone and became nothing. He is puzzled by the architecture of the city, and becomes nervous when he stands at the traffic lights. He can not distinguish the directions and will lose his way when he goes out. Carrying cement on a construction site in Kunshan, he never deviates from the two-point line between the site and the dormitory. In the afternoon of April 21st, when he arrived three kilometers away from home, he lost his way again and had to call Zhou Jikun for help. Until he got a taxi under the guidance of Zhou Jikun, Zhou Jikun and others went downstairs to meet him before he went home. On weekdays, he wore a ginger baseball cap for safety. Years ago, he wanted to change the old machine into a smart phone, and asked the workmen to take him to the mall to buy it. In the crowded crowd, he was sweating nervously and not daring to raise his head. After buying the cell phone, he lowered the brim and pulled the workmates away quickly. Zhou Zaichun declared that he had lost his ability to take care of himself. He complained about the irritation in the guard, and he had been squatting in prison for too long, his memory deteriorated seriously, and he had a headache. More times, he was used to a blank state of the brain. It may be a little silly to comment on his cell phone use now or just call. In contrast, the adaptation is faster. When 5 people get together, Zhou Yu often explains new ways of life to others. He taught others how to use WeChat, how to add friends, and how to forward articles in the circle of friends. After being dragged into another black hole by an injustice, and then back to the real society, the 5 people felt that the human world changed rules, as if they had changed the world. Speaking of the future, Zhou alone in the spring is the most taboo topic. After a long time, he said he hadnt thought about it. After a few seconds, he asked the crowd, shall I go back to the fields? A silent mother and a little child Zhou Feilong is 27 years old, similar to his father Zhou Jikun losing his freedom. In grade three, Zhou Feilong had read his strange identity from the villagers weird eyes. In order to avoid crowds and go to school every day, he secretly went south along the farm for two kilometers to school in the west of the village. He said that at that time, he was self abased, lonely and not playing with children in the same village. He was like a fool. The result of deliberately avoiding conflicts with peers is not effective. At the first day of the junior high school, Zhou Feilong and the boys of the same table had a corner. They were struck by the words your father is a murderer and you are not a good man. It was not only the schools experience but also the atmosphere at home that made him sad. The lonely days cant be counted. Every week mother wants to go to the county town for his father. In the morning, his mother went out to catch a bus. Sometimes he was waken up, holding his mothers thigh, and crying and shouting not to leave, but still cried by his mother. He is often homesick when he is tired. The sense of alienation between family members has constrained him to the same place. He sent back 600 yuan a month to make up for his guilt. At the beginning of the April, Zhou Feilong asked for a holiday to go home with his parents. He saw Zhou Jikun often take her granddaughter in his arms, and he was a kiss and a hug, and a warm stream was poured out of his heart. The first time I felt the warmth of home, I suddenly wanted to stay with my parents for a long time and never hide outside. When others joke, Zhou Jikun and his son wrench their hands bigger than their strength. Survey of interviewees Similar to Zhou Feilongs experience is Zhou Zhengguos son Zhou Peng. Zhou Pengs elder sister Zhou Ping killed herself at the home a year before Zhou Zhengguo was released from prison. That year he was 14, and his sister was 15. Zhou Zhengguos wife and two children. Among them, daughter Zhou Ping was drinking pesticide at home when he was 15 years old. Zhao Lei, a journalist from the new Beijing News After several years of marriage, Zhou Zhengguo and his wife adopted Zhou Ping. In less than a year, Zhou Peng was born. Two people were delighted and said that their daughter was the lucky star in their family. After Zhou Zhengguo was sentenced, his father became a taboo subject in his family. Zhou Peng and his brothers and sisters kept their worries in mind. Only once, Zhou Peng accidentally caught her sister peeping at his fathers letter in prison to his mother, secretly wiping her tears. A few villagers mentioned that Zhou Zhengguos wife took off his coat and ran to a stone bridge in the village a few years ago. She slammed the basin and muttered something like a scolding person. Fragmented, Zhou Peng describes his family. The hidden damage sustained by the bad luck has made him suffer. He wants to stay away from home as far away as possible. After his release from prison, Zhou Zhengguo took his wife to see a doctor and the doctor diagnosed schizophrenia. In the past 7 years, in order to pay his wife 6000 yuan for medical expenses each year, Zhou Zhengguo has gone to Langfang, Shanghai, Kunshan, Wenzhou and other places as construction workers. Once on the two storey building, I had brushed the wall, and I couldnt stand my arm. Now I cant carry anything heavy anymore. In April 20th, Mr. and Mrs. Zhou Zhengguo took a photo at home. His wife has been suffering from mental illness for eight years and has been sustained by drugs. Zhao Lei, a journalist from the new Beijing News For a long time, Zhou Peng was not good at his words. When he was away from home, whenever he wanted to express his concern to his father, he put his voice in his throat and couldnt swallow it. He also wanted to buy gifts for his parents during the lunar new year. He could be transformed into a practical process which made him feel bad and finally had to give up. Zhou Peng, 26, envied Zhou Feilong. In a few years ago, the girls home of a blind date put forward 300 thousand gift of gold, Zhou Zhengguo could not take it out, and the others talked about Zhou Pengs life with the girls home, and the woman immediately refused to be married. I do not blame my parents, but for me, it is not easy to work hard. Zhou Peng said. The end of the injustice, the beginning of the imputation It has been ten days since the five week case has been changed. Whenever anyone meets Zhou Jikun, he will not forget to talk about it. This is the end of the injustice and the beginning of accountability. In the face of the incoming media, he repeatedly raised his trouser legs and pointed to the white scar after healing five or six pieces of flesh on his knee. After he was released from prison, he walked slowly, unable to squat down, and took a long walk, then sat down and rubbed his legs. Showing scars became a way for 5 people to prove that they had been extorting confessions by torture. Zhou Jiahua never touched alcohol when he was young. He now has 32 Niu Lun Shan liquor at noon every day. The heart is suffocating, there is no air, no pain. He said. The witch, who was the president of the court of the middle court of the Fuyang City, revealed that during his five week trial, he saw a defendant showing a blood nail cover wrapped in paper, and a witness who had knelt and said he was beaten and could not bear the perjury. After the event, the witch signed the proceedings of the first instance court and the trial committee on the case discussion, and he clearly remembered that the three members of the collegial panel and the seven adjudication members had identified 5 defendants as innocence. On the second day, at 8 oclock in the morning, Zhou Jiding, the deceased father, killed himself at the office of Wu Ji Cheng. Two months later, the pressure from the provincial leaders case was spread down, and the trend of the case was reversed. At this point, Zhou Jikuns father, Zhou Xingbiao, the Secretary of the political and Legal Committee of Pahang Town, and other family members of the accused walked on the long petition road. Every weekend, he took a few steamed buns and a pot of water. Zhou Xingbiao, 52 years old, rushed to the Anhui Provincial High Court and the Fuyang intermediate peoples court to submit a petition. In order to save travel expenses, he lives under the bridge and sleeps on the bench in the park, on the seat of the train waiting room. The peddler who sold the lunch box to the roadside asked for the leftover food. The old man had a lot of bitterness. Zhou Jiahuas mother went to Beijing and Hefei together with Zhou Xingbiao for a lot of grievances for her son. She understood Zhou Xingbiaos embarrassment. The father and son of two people almost lived a parallel life. They seem to live in two prisons, one is tangible, the other is invisible. Zhou Jikun could not see his familys efforts. He occasionally complained about his father and his wife. Is it so hard to complain? In 2016, Zhou Xingbiaos health deteriorated. He assured his son during his last visit to the prison: wait a minute, as long as I live, I will give you the right answer. 10 years ago, Zhou and Zhou Zaichun were released from prison. They also walked on their way to clean their crimes. Every persons train ticket is stacked up to at least one meter tall. Zhou is talking. In April 20th, Zhou Jikun and other 5 people gathered together to discuss responsibility for those who handled the case. We do not have the state compensation, a penny not, only to punish the cases of the case of the case of the case, this is our greatest wish, but also the goal to be completed. Zhou Jikun said that in the prison, he saw the report of the motifs of jille in prison, and then the relevant departments started the pursuit procedure, and the 27 people who were responsible for the wrong case of the jille chart were responsible for it, and he did not sleep all night. Zhou Jikun said that the 5 of them had decided to go to the supreme law to start the accountability process in a few days. On the afternoon of April 22nd, Zhou Jikun 5 people rushed from the village to Hefei, and gave 21 years of lawyers who had insisted on providing legal aid to them. As the car drove past the fork in the countryside near the wheat field, Zhou Jikun suddenly pointed to a grave on the right side of the window and whispered, thats my father. Source: Beijing News Editor: Ji Xue Ying _NN6784 In April 20th, Zhou Jikun and other 5 people gathered together to discuss responsibility for those who handled the case. We do not have the state compensation, a penny not, only to punish the cases of the case of the case of the case, this is our greatest wish, but also the goal to be completed. Zhou Jikun said that in the prison, he saw the report of the motifs of jille in prison, and then the relevant departments started the pursuit procedure, and the 27 people who were responsible for the wrong case of the jille chart were responsible for it, and he did not sleep all night. Zhou Jikun said that the 5 of them had decided to go to the supreme law to start the accountability process in a few days. On the afternoon of April 22nd, Zhou Jikun 5 people rushed from the village to Hefei, and gave 21 years of lawyers who had insisted on providing legal aid to them. As the car drove past the fork in the countryside near the wheat field, Zhou Jikun suddenly pointed to a grave on the right side of the window and whispered, thats my father.